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FacciottiRound 4 of the CMRC Canadian Nationals moved east from Calgary to Morden, Manitoba’s Shadow Valley Raceway. Although rain had been abundant prior to the weekend the skies cleared up to a great day of racing on Sunday.

After an incredible get-off while leading the 1st MX-1 moto in Calgary, Canadian Champion Colton Facciotti was a questionable start to this weekend’s event. After a visit to his doctor later in the week, Colt was cleared to race, albeit it seemed like a long shot. In an incredible feat of heart and desire Facciotti did not leave any scraps for the competition though as he completely dominated both moto’s with a clean sweep going 1-1. Meanwhile his team-mate Klatt was in the runnerup position finishing 2-2 to give the team a 1-2 punch before the series takes a 3 week break.

In the MX-2 class Team Yamaha Red Bull Fox Racings Tyler Medaglia continued to focus on maintaining his 17 points over Teddy Maier. With a 2-3 finish to match Maier’s 3-2 finish, the gap remained the same when the day was done.

Facciotti and Klatt

When the gate dropped in the first MX-1 moto both Colt and Dusty found themselves with anunfamiliar situation as they both were running 6-7th however they quickly moved their all new YZ450F’s forward with Dusty into 3rd and Colt into 4th by the end of the second lap. By lap 4 Klatt had taken the lead with Colt in tow and much to the dismay of Dusty, 2 laps later Facciotti made the pass to take the lead and win by 10 seconds while Dusty enjoyed a 12 second gap on third place finisher Josh Demuth.

Klatt with MediaAlthough Facciotti did not get the holeshot in the second MX-1 moto, by the time he entered the 3rd corner he was in the lead sprinting at a blistering pace to gap everyone. Dusty moved his way up to 2nd and started to pick away at his team-mates lead only to wash the front end out in a corner and go down. He was quick to pick up his bike and managed to hang on to 2nd place to finish the day 2nd overall.”

“I thought I would be on the sidelines for a few weeks, as on Wednesday I could barely lift my arm to brush my teeth because of my shoulder.” said a confident Facciotti. “Although I was not sure I would ride this weekend, I did everything I could to try and be ready if my body was feeling better. In practice and qualifying, I felt ok, so when the first moto started the adrenaline kicked in and I just rode the best I could which worked out awesome! Thank you to everyone for their support and thoughts in the past week. Now that we get 3 weeks off I can rest a little more and be ready for the eastern rounds and get 100% healthy.”

MedagliaTyler Medaglia did not get the start he wanted in the first MX-2 moto as he rounded the first corner in 5th. However by the end of the first lap he moved into 3rd behind Rife and Maier. On lap 3 he passed Maier to take second where he stayed until the finish line.

Moto 2 started off even worse for Medaglia as he was just out of the top 20 on the start however Tyler put his head down and put in an incredibly smart ride to pass the majority of the field other than the top two finishers to finish 3rd. With a 2-3 finish for the day to match Maier’s 3-2, Tyler still continues to lead the series with a 17 point lead.

“Overall I am very pleased with the start to the season,” commented Medaglia. “The series now moves back east to my home tracks which will help me a lot, plus I do not have to spend so much time travelling. I have been staying with Heidi on the east coast and flying back and forth every weekend and it does get tiring for sure. I will just try and focus on staying consistent every weekend. I cannot thank my team and sponsors for believing in me this year.”

Troy and Medaglia Yamaha support riders Jared and Parker Allison continue to develop as they look for their first podium of the year. Jared had a great start in the first moto only to find himself on the ground in the 3rd corner. He had to work hard to ride back to finish 5th. Parker rounded the corner in the top 10 however he too hit the ground after the step up and showed a lot of heart to get back on to finish 14h.

Klatt signs posters for fansMoto 2 saw Parker with the strong start to cross the finish line in 6th while Jared went down in the first corner and had to battle his way back to 9th. When the dust settled Jared enjoyed a 7th overall with his twin brother Parker in 8th.

“If anyone told me that we were going to finish 1-2 in MX-1 and that Tyler would match Teddy Maiers position to keep his point lead I would not have believed him.” said Team Manager Dean Thompson. “We really did not think that Colt would race and to have him dominate the way he was feeling was incredible to say the least. Going 1-2 with Colt and Dusty was such a huge relief after our last two weekends that’s for sure. They are both very focused on getting back into the Championship lead and if they keep riding like they are now that sure is a possibility. We are also really pleased with the strategic riding of Tyler. He is riding like a Champion!”

Facciotti and Klatt on the Podium

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